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How Much Does a Parrot Weigh in Pounds?

Parrots vary considerably in size, depending on their species. Average weights range from 0.14 to 3.52 pounds. However, some parrots can be much lighter or heavier than what’s normal.

The lightest parrot is the buff-faced pygmy parrot, which weighs only 0.03 lbs. In contrast, the kakapo is the heaviest parrot, weighing between 2 lbs and 9 lbs. A parrot’s weight is primarily determined by its genetics, diet, exercise, and living environment. 

If you want to know what your parrot should weigh to find out if it’s underweight or obese, we’ve included a table of the average weights of the most common pet parrots.

Parrot Weight Chart

Captive parrots tend to be larger than wild parrots because they have a continuous food supply. However, wild parrots eat a high-fat diet consisting of seeds, nuts, and fruits, making some parrots heavier than others.

A parrot’s overweight if it weighs 15% or more than the average. So, regularly weigh your parrot to ensure that it’s not getting too heavy. The weights (in pounds) of the most popular parrot species are as follows:

African Greys

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
Congo African Grey0.84 to 1.22 lbs
Timneh African Grey0.66 to 0.79 lbs

Parakeets

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
Alexandrine Parakeet0.55 lbs
Barraband’s Parakeet0.31 lbs
Bourke’s Parakeet0.11 lbs
Budgerigar Parakeet0.05 to 0.13 lbs
Crimson Rosella Parakeet0.32 lbs
Derbyan Parakeet0.71 lbs
Golden-Mantled Rosella Parakeet0.22 lbs
Grey-Cheeked Parakeet0.10 to 0.13 lbs
Indian Ringneck Parrakeet0.25 lbs
Plum-Headed Parakeet0.20 lbs
Quaker or Monk Parakeet0.20 to 0.33 lbs
Red-Breasted Parakeet0.24 to 0.30 lbs
Red-Fronted Kakariki Parrakeet0.22 lbs
Red-Rumped Parakeet0.13 lbs
White-Winged Canary Parakeet0.15 lbs

Lorries

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
Blue Streaked Lorrie0.35 lbs
Chattering Lorrie0.44 lbs
Dusky Lorrie0.34 lbs
Rainbow Lorrie0.29 lbs
Red Lorrie0.37 lbs

Caiques

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
Black-Headed Caique0.32 to 0.37 lbs
White-Bellied Caique0.36 lbs

Lovebirds

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
Fisher’s Lovebird0.11 lbs
Masked Lovebird0.11 lbs
Peach-Faced Lovebird0.10 to 0.15 lbs

Cockatoos

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
Citron-Crested Cockatoo0.66 to 1.10 lbs
Red-Vented Cockatoo0.64 lbs
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo1.72 lbs
Yellow-Crested Cockatoo0.75 lbs
Umbrella Cockatoo1.10 to 1.39 lbs

Macaws

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
Blue-And-Yellow Macaw2.20 lbs
Hyacinth Macaw2.7 to 3.7 lbs
Military Macaw1.98 to 2.43 lbs
Red-And-Green Macaw0.50 lbs
Scarlet Macaw2.20 lbs

Other Parrot Species

Parrot SpeciesAverage Weight (lbs)
African Ringneck Parrot0.23 lbs
Buff-Faced Pygmy Parrot0.03 lbs
Cockatiel0.2 lbs
Eclectus Parrot0.83 to 1.21 lbs
Kakapo Parrot2 to 9 lbs
Kea Parrot2.20 lbs
Pacific Parrotlet0.07 lbs
Red-Bellied Parrot0.28 lbs
Senegal Parrot0.24 to 0.29 lbs
St. Vincent Amazon1.28 to 1.54 lbs
Zebra Finch0.02 to 0.04 lbs

What’s The World’s Lightest Parrot?

The world’s smallest parrot is the buff-faced pygmy parrot. It’s only three inches long, which is almost half the parakeet’s average size. To put this into context, this isn’t much bigger than an adult human’s thumb.

As an adult, the buff-faced pygmy parrot weighs only 0.03 lbs (12 grams), making it very light and almost impossible to find in the wild.

The buff-faced pygmy parrot is mostly bright green and lives in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests in New England and New Guinea.

Because of their tiny size and weight, attempts to keep them in captivity so far have failed. Stress and dietary deficiencies are the explanation.

Besides the buff-faced pygmy parrot, the world’s lightest parrots include:

  • Asian hanging parrot (0.06 lbs)
  • Pacific parrotlet (0.07 lbs)
  • Fig parrot (0.09 lbs)
  • Australian budgerigar (0.06 to 0.08 lbs)
  • African lovebird (0.09 to 1.13 lbs)

What’s The World’s Heaviest Parrot?

The world’s largest parrot is the kakapo, which weighs between 2 to 9 lbs, on average. While the hyacinth macaw is the world’s largest parrot, the kakapo is heavier and longer. Males are heavier than females.

According to Cambridge University Press, kakapos are threatened with extinction as their numbers have declined in recent years. This is due to predation and fungal infections.

Partially, because of their weight, kakapos can’t fly. They also have soft feathers, which aren’t stiff or strong enough for flight. Instead, they hop along the floor, using their wings for balance, making them vulnerable to predators.

How Much Does An African Grey Parrot Weigh?

The average weight of an African grey parrot is between 0.69 and 1.19 lbs. However, there are two types of African grey parrots: the Congo and the timneh. Both live in Africa, but they’re found in different regions.

The timneh is the lighter of the two, weighing between 0.66 and 0.79 lbs. The Congo is a bit heavier, weighing between 0.84 and 1.22 lbs.

Both Congo and timneh African grey parrots are distinguished by their bright red tails and grey plumage. They’re fussy eaters and prefer an all-seed diet.

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How Much Does A Quaker Parrot Weigh?

Also known as the monk parakeet, the weight of quaker parrots ranges between 0.20 to 0.33 lbs, making them one of the lighter parrots.

Their size makes them popular pets, especially as they don’t need large cages or much space to live inside the home. Quaker parrots require an enclosure that measures at least 24” x 30” x 24” to move around comfortably. Choose one with bars that are spaced at least 1/2” to 5/8” apart so that they can’t escape.

Quaker parrots tend to bob their heads and shake, making it seem like they’re ill, especially as they’re only small. However, this behavior is normal and not a cause for concern.

How Much Does An Alexandrine Parrot Weigh?

The average weight of the Alexandrine parrot is roughly around 0.55 lbs. They also measure 22 to 24 inches from the head to the tail, making them one of the largest parakeet species.

That being said, there are different subspecies of Alexandrine parrot, meaning their weights vary. Their bright salmon-colored beaks are relatively large in relation to the parrot’s weight, giving them a comical appearance.

However, as shy, timid birds, they’re easily intimidated by smaller, lighter parrots. Females tend to be slightly more aggressive, especially during the breeding season when hormone levels are high.

How Much Does A Senegal Parrot Weight?

Senegal parrots are relatively small, weighing between 0.24 and 0.29 lbs. Due to their size and weight, they’re easy to keep in captivity.

As smaller birds, captive Senegal parrots don’t need large cages. While bigger is always better, Senegal parrots can live comfortably in enclosures measuring 20” x 20” x 28”. Bar spacing should be at least 3/4 inches apart to prevent them from slipping through the gaps.

Senegal parrots are prone to a condition called bornavirus. This is an infectious disease passed on by other birds and causes weight loss and poor digestion. This leaves Senegal parrots prone to nutritional deficiencies.

How Much Does An Eclectus Parrot Weight?

Eclectus parrots weigh on average between 0.83 to 1.21 lbs. They also reach 17 to 30 inches in length, making them medium-sized birds.

Eclectus parrots have a longer digestive tract than other birds. This means they need a high-fiber, low-fat diet that only contains the vitamins and minerals they need. Similarly, Eclectus parrots need plenty of exercise to prevent them from becoming overweight.

As a result, they need a spacious cage and lots of out-of-cage time to keep them happy and healthy. Otherwise, they’re prone to weight-related health conditions, such as fatty liver disease and fatty lipomas.

How Much Does A Hyacinth Macaw Parrot Weight?

The hyacinth macaw is the world’s biggest parrot, though it’s not quite the heaviest. As fully grown adults, they reach between 2.7 to 3.7 lbs. They also measure 40 inches from the head to tail, with a wingspan of 4 feet.

Because of their large size and weight, hyacinth macaws are hunted by indigenous tribesmen for their meat.

As captive birds, they also require extra care. They need somewhere spacious to live – most standard cages are far too small for their size and frame. It’s also easy to underfeed them, causing them to lose weight rapidly. As a result, hyacinth macaws aren’t the easiest parrots to keep in captivity.

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How Much Does A Scarlet Macaw Parrot Weigh?

Scarlet macaws are one of the world’s largest parrot species, weighing roughly 2.20 lbs. Similarly, from the beak to the tail, they can reach 33 inches, making them very tall.

In their natural rainforest habitat, wild scarlet macaws eat nuts, leaves, berries, and seeds. Unlike other parrots, they can also eat plants and berries that are toxic to other birds.

It’s thought that this is because they ingest clay from salt licks found in Peru, which neutralizes the poisons before the body absorbs them.

In captivity, they require a higher food intake. As a result, they can become underfed and malnourished.

As mentioned, it’s not healthy or normal for parrots to be fat. While some parrots are heavier than others, this is standard, provided that they’re not overfed or supplied with a diet that’s too high in fat.